Quick Update

Today I’m posting some photos of my work. The following pieces were accepted into some juried exhibitions and I wanted to share my excitement here.

Like crazy, I have been entering some competitions for 3D artwork.  Last week I found out three of my pieces made it in.  The first was one of my “rhino” minis.  It’s about 3.75 by 3.5 by 3.75 inches.  It’s pretty tiny.  It was accepted to a “small works” exhibition put on by the Clay Studio in Philadelphia.  Since I used to live in Philly, this was such exciting news!!!  If you’re in the Philadelphia area, be sure to check it out, Small Favors XI opens on March 25, 2016 but you can find more information here.

The same day I found out about the small piece getting accepted into that show, I also found out two of my other pieces were accepted into a different juried exhibition.  These pieces were both made last year, one in the spring and the other in the fall.  It makes me happy to finally have my pieces be shown.  These two were juried into an exhibition for the National Association of Women Artists.  You can check out the exhibition artists’ work on their website.  Please check it out and feel free to share the link with the world.

Soon I will post the photos of all my new works since last summer.  For now, I need to finish my many works in progress and make new pieces.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Art in the state of Connecticut

Fall is the time of year known for the abundance of apples growing, the Oktoberfest events happening everywhere, Thanksgiving plans stewing, and the bright alluring colors of the foliage.

If you are an artist you are probably enjoying all these great attributes of the season, but you are also probably very busy creating work for one or multiple autumn art festivals.  For now I am keeping my head afloat with new work, but the first show is coming up in three weeks and there’s still so much to do!

This is the time to get organized to be efficient.

So what is happening in Connecticut that has me excited and busy all at once, you ask?  This year I am first-time participant of Open Studios in Hartford, a city-wide event where.  This will be happening Saturday & Sunday, November 14 & 15, 2015.  There are close to 250 artists participating in this event, it is sure to leave your art yearning satisfied!!

There are 22 locations throughout Hartford that will be featuring art and artists from around the area.  Below is the list of locations with addresses:

#1 Oak Hill Art Studio, 120 Holcombe Street
#2 Hartford Weaving Center, 40 Woodland Street
#3 Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street
#4 Venom Vintage & Creative Art Space, 11 Whitney Street
#5 Passages Gallery, 509 Farmington Avenue
#6 Majorca, 2074 Park Street
#7 Arbor Arts Center, 56 Arbor Street
#8 Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street
#9 30 Arbor Street, 30 Arbor Street
#10 The Dirt Salon, 50 Bartholomew Avenue
#11 1429 New Park & Bartholomew
#12 Trinity College Fifth Year Fellows, Trinity College
#13 Kempczynski Gallery & Studio, 130 Washington Street
#14 Colt Gateway, 140 Huyshope Avenue
#15 Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts @ Colt Gateway
#16 First Presbyterian Church, 136 Capitol Avenue
#17 Hartford Artisan Showcase, CT Convention Center
#18 Hartford Dada Art Show, Capital Community College, 950 Main
#19 Hartford Prints, 42 1/2 Pratt Street
#19 Lindsey Fyfe Studio, 75 Pratt Street #504
#19 The Tobacco Shop Gallery, 89 Pratt Street
#20 ArtSpace Hartford, 555 Asylum Street
#20 Union Station Great Hall, One Union Place
#22 M. D. Robertson Photo Arts, 69 Myrtle Street C2

Here is a postcard that has been going around, but if you need more information, be sure to check out their website at: openstudiohartford.com/  

Hope to see you there!  I have been working on a lot of new work for this show.  At my table you can find some awesome sculptures, big and little, as well as some great practical pieces like coffee mugs, bowls, pitchers, tumblers, etc.  I want to leave you all wanting more, so come see me at the Colt Gateway (#14)!!

Rewind…

It’s always a busy time in September when school is once again starting and here I am trying to push my artwork as much as I conceivably can.

So let’s rewind just a bit to the late spring/early summer time when I went kind of crazy on ceramics work in my studio, tried to do as many shows as I had inventory, and tried to submit my work into juried competitions all over.

I managed to get rejected a few times as well as successfully set up and take down shows, sell some pieces, get some great feedback, and even make it into some of those juried exhibitions.  The rejections did leave a mark.  Instead they motivate me to be bigger and do better for the same competition next year.

This past Saturday was the opening of the “Untitled: AbEx 2015” in Hartford, Connecticut. I was honored to be included in this abstract exhibition artist list with one of my ceramic pieces and one of my old cyanotype photographs, both of which you can see here.

It was a great celebration of artistic talent in our local area.  And talent we have.  There were some very strong abstract paintings and mixed media on their walls.  My artist friend Monica Hewryk was also part of the exhibition with two of her ceramic pieces.  You can see our excitement in the images below.

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Me next to “Missing Pieces” sculpture.
Monica @ Hartford Artspace
Artist Monica Hewryk next to her pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later that same night before we walked our way to dinner we stopped by EBK Gallery, their small work gallery situated on Pearl Street in Hartford.  It was my first time visiting, and to my surprise, we found this great one piece show.  You might ask one piece show?  Yes!  It was the opening for a mural piece by Tim Wengerstman.  And yes, it was the only piece of artwork there, however, it was a big mural covering the main wall of the tiny gallery.

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Tim Wengertsman (image from EBK gallery website)

The mural was strong, assertive in its message, and it spoke of the generational awareness of our times.  It was a busy gallery with mounds of people outside of the gallery trying to get their questions answered.  My friend overheard the artist reveal that many of his artist friends were getting ready to relocate or move on with their lives in one aspect or another, a rite of passage kind of thing.  This impactful series of events brought on this painting, adequately titled “The Last Supper in Hartford,” is so politically charged it’s one of the main reasons I loved it so much.

Besides being stylistically strong (he works in woodcuts), one must study this mural with some time at hand.  It has much to decipher besides the obvious political punches he inserts with symbolism and some words.  I highly recommend anyone in the Hartford area to go see it.

It will be showing until September 28th, 2015.  Go See it!!

Tell me what you see.  Tell me what you feel when you look at this mural.  Aren’t all your senses on edge??

Ceramic Artist Halima Cassell

Did you see that video? Those sculptures? What did you think?

I am completely and utterly inspired by this woman and her beautiful patterned sculptures. Not only is her work exceptional, but her conceptual methodology is also stimulating and thought-provoking. This video made me dig out my pen and sketchbook to start doodling. I make some quick free hand sketching of shapes and lines that start developing forms that may look appealing, and sometimes reworking those forms until I’m happy with a few final compositions to try out with clay in the near future.

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Halima Cassell

In comparison to her deep and spatially well thought out carved designs, my designs have mostly been superficial carvings on wheel thrown forms such as this one:

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However I have had pieces with much deeper carvings like this one:

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2012

This is a direction I took in my third semester of ceramics.  Texture has always played a big role in my creations, and this carving came from the desire to make clay look like ruffled fabric.  I may not have accomplished the fabric similarity but I found a satisfying technique which I could develop further.  There have been pieces that follow this style of carving, but I know that it can evolve into an even more sculptural format.

I hope you enjoyed the video and my thought process of work.  It is time for me to go back to sketching or hand-building, while doing some laundry (did I mention my  work studio is in my basement right next to the washer and dryer?).

Clay Creations

A few night ago night I started working with my clay.  For a while I have wanted to do some hand-building, but because this technique is not my strong I had been putting it off.  Last year I lost a sketchbook in which I had some really cool sketched out forms that I wanted to make.  I have not yet lost hope of finding it.  Since then, I have spent a bit of time procrastinating on my ceramics in general, let alone my not-yet-existent sculptural ceramics.

During some down time at work this week, I grabbed my sketchbook and my new Lamy fountain pen that my husband bought me for Christmas, and I started to doodle.  These doodles eventually led me to finding some nice 3D forms that are good potential ceramic forms, and now I am just waiting to have some extra time (perhaps during a weekend) to start on that adventure.

Until then, getting on the wheel and throwing some vessels is always good practice which I can definitely always use.  The first night I didn’t accomplish much other than  conditioning my state of mind into creation mode.  Yesterday morning, taking the dog for a walk in the crisp cold morning was a good wake up call.  Of course I made sure I had a good breakfast because my body consumes more calories than I can feed it, especially when I’m exuding tons of energy on handling clay on the wheel.

It took me a good half hour just setting up and warming up.  In the next hour following, I successfully completed this bottle which I must say is probably one of the better (and taller) bottles I have made ever.  Bottles, or closed vessels, used to come naturally to me when I started taking ceramics in school.  Soon after that I lost the ability to close my vessels without destruction as the end result.

Check out my beautiful bottle:

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By the way, if you are wondering about these pictures, I edited my iPhone snapshots with an application called DistressedFX, which I have had for a while and I love using.

In the next few days, as I work more out of my clay, I will keep posting pictures for all to see.  Until then…!